March 2016
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Also In This Issue History Unfolding
IBEW birthplace museum takes shape in St. Louis read_more

Outlawing PLAs?
IBEW protests national
bill on construction agreements read_more

Ordinary Life,
Uncommon Valor

Recognition arrives
70 years after wartime heroism read_more

North of 49°
Canadian Government Delays Anti‑Labour
Bill's Effects read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Le gouvernement canadien retarde l'abrogation du projet de loi antisyndical
C-377 read_more





Change of Address

  Cover Photo

18th IBEW
Photo Contest Winners

IBEW photo contest winner Chris Plesnarski put himself in perfect position to capture the Manhattan skyline across from the Meadowlands and turned his back on it.

Looking west over the Hackensack River, the Paterson, N.J., Local 102 member found a sunset of rare beauty. Soft clouds and golden light contrast and are reflected in the hard twisted chrome of the strand wrapped cables of the expansion fitting. It is a study in contrasting surfaces unified by the perspective lines of the pipe like a straight shot to the horizon.

Plesnarski's picture of the Hudson Switchyard in Jersey City was the runaway winner, beating out second place by nearly 100 votes during two weeks of online voting in January when members and friends voted for their favorites of 15 finalists.

Nearly hidden in the chromed curves of pipe and cable are the other welders from Jersey City, N.J., Local 164, members on Plesnarski's crew of journeyman inside wiremen: William Kennedy, James Arolland and Gerard Carbone welding together a new 6-inch bus, which carries enormous current to electrical switches.

This year's No.1 pick was a change from winners in recent years, which heavily favored iconic images of linemen at work.

And while there were more than a handful of linemen-in-silhouette pictures submitted, the second place winner brought a new angle and bright colors to the subject. Monroe, N.Y., Local 503 member Doug Peifer saw Ed Hoag climbing through an alien cloudscape of orange and black on his way up a transmission tower to repair broken glass insulators.

Linemen in silhouette are familiar entries to the photo contest, but Peifer's photograph stood out with its combination of balance, movement and asymmetry.

In third place, an ice-shrouded weeping willow glows like fireworks in the picture taken by Milwaukee Local 2150 member Gregg
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  Local Lines

Officers Column Stephenson: Who Cares About Your Paycheck? read_more
Chilia: Honoring Our
Heroes read_more

TransitionsRichard D. Acton;
Rui Carrinho read_more

CircuitsIBEW Vice President Tapped for Indy Leadership Post;
Boston RENEW Chapter Gains Momentum While Giving Back;
IBEW Leader to Serve on Mont. Carbon Emissions Council;
'We Still Want to Be Involved:' Retirees Share Skills, Build Community read_more

LettersLabor in the Balance;
Recognizing IBEW's Women;
Giving Back;
Thanks. But No Thanks. read_more

In MemoriamJanuary 2016 read_more

Who We AreNew York Local 3 Member Writes a Hit for the Trans‑Siberian Orchestra read_more